Image Courtesy of Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Marvel Animation for Spider-Man Unlimited (1999)
7. Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
Spidey’s (short-lived) first animated foray into the 21st century has some solid elements. It has an intriguing premise and features some of the most distinct artwork and character designs of any Spider-Man cartoon. Deep comic book cuts like the High Evolutionary and Man-Wolf were also featured. Unfortunately, these things couldn’t save it.
While it made an admirable attempt to freshen up the property, it strayed so far from the source material that it quickly lost the essence of the superhero and his world. The idea of “Counter-Earth,” with human-animal hybrids as the ruling class, was just too sci-fi for Spider-Man. Additionally, the story really wasn’t all that compelling.
If there’s anything to be learned from this experiment, it’s that the web-slinger is at his best when he’s on Earth, fighting crime on the streets of New York.